Posts Tagged: children

Of Optoomuchistic Woofs and Governesses

This is the whole purpose of museums, of course. One does not merely go to collect facts and souvenirs and picture postcards, but to enlarge one’s notion of all that has been, and all that is, and all that might

Of Optoomuchistic Woofs and Governesses

This is the whole purpose of museums, of course. One does not merely go to collect facts and souvenirs and picture postcards, but to enlarge one’s notion of all that has been, and all that is, and all that might

It’s February.

Time for a new blog post. What have I been up to? Well, I have been reading (surprise, surprise).

It’s February.

Time for a new blog post. What have I been up to? Well, I have been reading (surprise, surprise).

Let’s (Not) Talk About Sex, Baby: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Muriel Spark’s Prime of Miss Jean Brodie looked so innocent, enjoyable and short, and like light reading. It turned out not to be, for me, for a few reasons. It took some reflection for me to figure out what irritated me so

Let’s (Not) Talk About Sex, Baby: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Muriel Spark’s Prime of Miss Jean Brodie looked so innocent, enjoyable and short, and like light reading. It turned out not to be, for me, for a few reasons. It took some reflection for me to figure out what irritated me so

Books are for Kids! Summer is for Reading!

Summer, for me, has always been a time for reading (kind of like winter). When I was a kid, with a spring / summer birthday, I always got new books in time for summer (and had usually finished all the

Books are for Kids! Summer is for Reading!

Summer, for me, has always been a time for reading (kind of like winter). When I was a kid, with a spring / summer birthday, I always got new books in time for summer (and had usually finished all the

Books, Weird and Wondrous

I post about good books here all the time, but what about the REST of all the books out there? In the interest of fairness and general merriment, here are some truly unfortunate book covers. Enjoy! 

Books, Weird and Wondrous

I post about good books here all the time, but what about the REST of all the books out there? In the interest of fairness and general merriment, here are some truly unfortunate book covers. Enjoy! 

Make me Born: We The Animals, by Justin Torres

Justin Torres’s We The Animals is a slender volume and a perfect example of quality being unrelated to quantity. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this (his first) novel, and a reviewer’s comment that the book feels like a sets of old school

Make me Born: We The Animals, by Justin Torres

Justin Torres’s We The Animals is a slender volume and a perfect example of quality being unrelated to quantity. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this (his first) novel, and a reviewer’s comment that the book feels like a sets of old school

A Reader’s Christmas Online

Yes, it’s that time of year again. Those songs that come out only once a year have been blaring from supermarket speakers for over a week now, and even the craft stores are doing unspeakable things to holiday tunes with

A Reader’s Christmas Online

Yes, it’s that time of year again. Those songs that come out only once a year have been blaring from supermarket speakers for over a week now, and even the craft stores are doing unspeakable things to holiday tunes with

Enchanting Erasure: Emilie Lindemann’s “Queen of the Milky Way”

I’ve been meaning to read this ever since I first saw the cover at Dancing Girl Press. I’ve a thing for retro space age stuff, and old-school science fiction, and so forth. Well, last night I finally did read it.

Enchanting Erasure: Emilie Lindemann’s “Queen of the Milky Way”

I’ve been meaning to read this ever since I first saw the cover at Dancing Girl Press. I’ve a thing for retro space age stuff, and old-school science fiction, and so forth. Well, last night I finally did read it.

Jelly-Beans, Ice Palaces, and Diamonds as Big as the Ritz (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

Over the past week or so I’ve been reading The Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald, an excellent collection that, for me, was full of surprises. I knew little about Fitzgerald, as it turns out. I was familiar with the story

Jelly-Beans, Ice Palaces, and Diamonds as Big as the Ritz (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

Over the past week or so I’ve been reading The Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald, an excellent collection that, for me, was full of surprises. I knew little about Fitzgerald, as it turns out. I was familiar with the story

We are Strong as Blueberries: Wolf and Pilot (Farrah Field)

During Poetry Month, Farrah Field and her husband Jared White (and their patient little boy) came to read at USM. I had just enough cash on hand to purchase one book, and went home with a signed copy of Wolf and

We are Strong as Blueberries: Wolf and Pilot (Farrah Field)

During Poetry Month, Farrah Field and her husband Jared White (and their patient little boy) came to read at USM. I had just enough cash on hand to purchase one book, and went home with a signed copy of Wolf and

Elsie Dinsmore: Holy and Unholy Parents

this is one of the books we discussed in our children’s literature seminar this fall, elsie dinsmore, by martha finley. (the link takes you to the full text on project gutenberg – no need to buy it, it’s in the

Elsie Dinsmore: Holy and Unholy Parents

this is one of the books we discussed in our children’s literature seminar this fall, elsie dinsmore, by martha finley. (the link takes you to the full text on project gutenberg – no need to buy it, it’s in the

a little pretty pocket-book / letters from the giant-killer (john newbery)

  i’m taking a class in children’s lit this semester, and one of the books we’ll be discussing is john newbery’s ‘a little pretty pocket-book’ from 1744. there are a few copies of the actual thing floating around out there

a little pretty pocket-book / letters from the giant-killer (john newbery)

  i’m taking a class in children’s lit this semester, and one of the books we’ll be discussing is john newbery’s ‘a little pretty pocket-book’ from 1744. there are a few copies of the actual thing floating around out there